Speedway: Victory boosts Hammers play-off hopes

LAKESIDE gave their Elite League play-off hopes a major boost with a hard-fought 51-39 win over top four rivals Swindon at the Arena-Essex Raceway.

The Vortex Hammers put in another strong home display to claim a potentially vital three points to strengthen their grip on fourth spot.

The Purfleet outfit were always in control against a patched-up Robins side – and although the visitors threatened to claim a point they were forced to leave empty handed.

Team coach Kelvin Tatum admitted it was not a perfect performance from his side – but he was nonetheless delighted with a "job well done".

Said Tatum: "It was a little bit dicey at one stage when they got within six, and we probably should have been more in control at that point in truth.

"Swindon put up a decent fight, but we got the job done and got the three points which was the main thing.

"We also stopped them getting anything which could prove very important at the end of the season, so it was a job well done for us in the end."

Star skipper Andreas Jonsson once again led by example with double figures, whilst Edward Kennett played a key role with 11+2 against his former club.

Kim Nilsson continued his fine form to bag paid nine whilst Richard Lawson also impressed in a heat-leader position as the home side ran just five last places.

Lewis Kerr ended an eventful evening with a win at reserve, whilst Lewis Bridger and Robert Mear also made vital contributions in what was a strong all-around team performance.

The Vortex Hammers will return to action after the World Cup break as they travel to Belle Vue on Wednesday, August 3 before hosting the Aces in the return fixture on Friday, August 5 (8pm)

LAKESIDE 51: Andreas Jonsson 12+1, Edward Kennett 11+2, Kim Nilsson 7+2, Richard Lawson 7+1, Lewis Kerr 6+1, Lewis Bridger 5+1, Rob Mear 3.

SWINDON 39: Jason Doyle 12, Stuart Robson 12, Nick Morris 11+1, Bjarne Pedersen 2, Justin Sedgmen 1, Danny Ayres 1, Rohan Tungate r/r.

Elite League points: Lakeside 3 Swindon 0

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